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Johnny Manziel Shoves Assistant During Texas A&M Spring Game


Jan 04, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel runs down the middle of the field during the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel is one of the most sensational players to enter college football. He had an incredible freshman campaign that ended with him being the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. He will look to continue that success this season, but first he has to steer clear of any offseason troubles.

Manziel has made headlines because of his erratic behavior off the field, but after an incident at the Texas A&M spring scrimmage, should Aggies fans be concerned that their quarterback’s ego is getting out of control?

From the Houston Chronicle:

Following his last of three interceptions, on a short pass into the end zone as he ran into the right sidelines, an exuberant graduate assistant jumped up and down within what appeared to be inches of an irate Manziel. So Manziel shoved him. Players and coaches, who were all gathered along the sidelines, quickly separated the Giddy GA and Manziel before anything escalated.

It was played off as Manziel’s competitive nature coming through, but there is never an excuse to put your hands on a coach or assistant.

There is no doubt that Manziel is a stellar college talent. He may not project well to the next level, but you can’t deny what he has done in college.

Unfortunately for Manziel, he doesn’t seem to be handling the pressure well.

If the Aggies are going to succeed in 2013, they need Manziel to be a leader. They need him to walk the walk of a Heisman winner and keep his focus on football instead of his off-field celebrity. It is proving to be much harder than the team had hoped.

What do you think of Manziel’s incident during the spring game? Should it be cause for concern or was it no big deal? Sound off in the comments section and let us hear your thoughts.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.foust.90 Scott Foust

    zero comment

  • http://www.facebook.com/pbaine1 Phillip Baine

    What would happen it the coach had pushes him? Just sayin

    • James Turner

      Ask Woody Hayes? Never mind just ask OSU fans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/don.mcclurg.5 Don Mcclurg

    Johnny Football didn’t get hit a lot last season, but when he got hit he was slow to get up. I think this season will be different, take Colt McCoy for instance he ran all over defenses in the Big 12 but when he faced a real defense in the National Championship game he was knocked out of the game in the 1st qtr. Colt didn’t want to get hit by Alabama anymore.

    • http://www.facebook.com/zac.burris.1 Zac Burris

      Colt McCoy getting injured had nothing to do with “SEC defense”. He got injured against “Big 12 defenses” also. He was hit harder in the Big 12 championship game. The injury in the NCG was a fluke and Bama was very lucky that it happened.

      As far as TAMU, they had an easier time with “SEC defenses” than they did in the Big 12. Their first year in the conference and they break all kinds of records after going 6-6 in the Big 12 the previous year with an NFL 1st round QB. If the Aggies were still in the Big 12, they would probably be a middle of the road team like they usually were in that conference. Anyway, I don’t think Johnny Manziel is worried about being hit, whether it be against SEC or anyone else. Growing up playing football in Texas, Manziel has been hit plenty.

      • http://twitter.com/texaswc62 Billy

        You’re an idiot. New coach, new conference, new offense, new quarterback. To try and compare the team this year to the team last year is absurd. Wasn’t OU co-Big-12 champs? What happened in the Cotton Bowl? Middle of the pack? I think not, at the end of the season, they were the hottest team in CFB.

        • http://www.facebook.com/zac.burris.1 Zac Burris

          new conference worked out very well for TAMU
          especially after being perennial doormats in the big 12

          • http://twitter.com/texaswc62 Billy

            They would have dominated the Big 12 this year. You making the assumption that they would be middle of the pack is what I was getting at. There is no comparison between the team that took the field this year and the teams of the last ten years. Big 12 plays weak D, it’s an offensive league. This is the first year A&M has run this style of offense so the assertion that they had an easier time with SEC defenses versus Big 12 defense is another fallacy, OU serves as a perfect example of that. Doormats? Little bit of a stretch, they competed every year minus their 4-8 outtings when they hired new coaches. Even then, they were never a Baylor or Iowa State. Know your facts bro.

        • Bob Papadazzio

          You talking about the same OU who lost to Notre Dame by 17? Face it: OU under Landry Jones was a flop.

      • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.clark.94 Eddie Clark

        You must be a young punk? If it was a fluke and McCoy didn’t have nothing to worry about, why didn’t he return to play the second half? And I guess the SEC winning the past 7 NC’s is a fluke too? LOL!! UDA!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/steve.douglass2 Steve Douglass

      Colt McWho? Sounds like a t-sip trolling.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thealabamanation Alabama Nation

    9-14. Mark your calendar….

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Keith-Smith/1050641215 Keith Smith

      Yup, another loss for the Alabama team that has been caught cheating.. FOR THE LAST 3 YEARS

      • James Turner

        It feels good to be on top again. Let me know when the NCAA agrees with you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/svyork1 Susan Victoria York

        Alabama has not been cheating for the last 3 years. Get over it. It’s a whole new season. Lets move on shall we?

      • Bob Papadazzio

        Caught cheating for the past three years? Please, do cite your sources.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.keller.58511 Michael Keller

    This is why juniors and lower classmen should not win the Heisman

    • http://www.facebook.com/zac.burris.1 Zac Burris

      agreed
      but he played in the SEC..

  • http://www.facebook.com/MontanaStateLacrosse21 Nate Taylor Orlowski

    He’s a piece of crap that didn’t deserve the Heisman in the first place. Hope he gets kicked off the team so I can stop hearing about him. Bring in a real Heisman candidate like Jadevon Clowney or anyone other than him. Someone who shows integrity on and off the field. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

    • James Turner

      He was the best player in the country last year. I cant fault the voters. He may have not handled it well but he deserved to get it.

    • http://twitter.com/Stevestrat85 Steve Scoggins

      Bingo Nate.

    • http://twitter.com/texaswc62 Billy

      No, it’s not Cam Newton won it. Best player in CFB, deal with it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fsu1jreed Jeff Reed

      Did you really use Jadevon Clowney as your example?

      • Andrew

        why wouldn’t he? Clowney was the best player in college football last year period. With 0 doubt. Forget the stats, look at any Carolina game from last year and just watch him. He’s on a different level. He changed every play

  • http://www.facebook.com/billy.jenkins.5 Billy Joel Jenkins

    Correction: There is never an excuse to put your hands on anyone; that does not only include coaches or assistants. I don’t care if you are the star quarterback of any team, don’t lay your hands on me.

  • John Holloway

    I am an A&M fan and I think he changed since he won the Heisman.
    Not the same guy and that could make a big difference next season.

    • James Turner

      I loved to see him play last year even if he was the QB of the only team to beat us. I agree he has changed and I figured the AD talk would reign him in but it seems obvious that did not work. Alabama sat Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler under Bryant. CKS may have to sit him a game but that is hard to do with Alabama coming in early. Not sure if it is your 2nd or 3rd game. If it is the 3rd I would sit him the 1st or the 1st half of the first game.

  • robertadvanced@aol.com

    He should be reprimanded for sure , I don’t see why people are surprised at the God like sydrome it’s everywhere even in our gov’t .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000288169273 John Jones

    He’s a punk

  • http://www.facebook.com/svyork1 Susan Victoria York

    yes, seems he a getting too big for his britches! Never ever put your hand on a coach or assistant. Maybe they should bench him on the first game of the season.

  • Brian Miles

    Who cares!……Roll Tide……and yes mark your calendar……9-14!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cory.simpson.165 Cory Simpson

    of course we get a good coach none the less is in the top in recruiting humm and we are cheaters haha…some people kill me……a player should never put a hand on a coach i wouldnt kick a great athlete like that just a simple punishment and a fair warning to follow and we will see if there will be another loss next year

  • http://www.facebook.com/dale.watson.547 Dale Watson

    Big to do about nothing.

  • dj55dj55dj55

    What would happen if the coach had pushes him? The Coach would be looking for a job. Right!!! Manziel should get at least a 4 game suspension. This would teach him and other players on the team. You can’t be pushing the coaches. First 4 games are cupcake games anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cypressag83 Kelly Duffie

    Manziel’s shove shouldn’t be excused without an appropriate consequence. He’s under the spotlight and expected to live & play to a higher standard. Nevertheless, impulse reactions can be tough to harness in the heat of the moment; just ask A.J. & Barrett. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=582un3oOUbk

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.grace.92 Joshua Grace

    A graduate assistant is still a student as well… So is it at all possible this student coaching assistant took his excitement overboard and got a little mouthy?? Of course it is, these are kids that are still wishing they were on the field. Provide more details next time. Also, A&M hasn’t had their “Spring Game” or “Spring Scrimmage,” I believe it is in a couple weeks? So this is just in practice…who cares…probably happens on every team at every school.

    • Former GA

      Not true. Some GA’s are guys that have switched professions, and all are enrolled in a Master’s program. Hence the term graduate assistant. You need to get your facts straight.

    • Bob Papadazzio

      Wow, way to try to defend the guy by pulling pure conjecture out of your ass. Even more ridiculous that it’s completely moot conjecture: it doesn’t matter if someone’s “getting mouthy”, that’s still no excuse to put your hands on them.

  • Jordan

    Seems to me like that grad student was mocking him. got what he asked for, player or not since when do pumped up men allow another man to mock or disrespect them.

    • Bob Papadazzio

      Idiotic reply is idiotic.

  • Dereck Dawson

    When a player puts his hand on a coach(grad assist), that player has just earned a suspension. If there is no sanctions for JM , it will lead to more incidents of dis-respect toward authority. Coach Sumlin, get control of this situation before this situation gets control of you team. Roll 15 Tide Roll to 16

  • opalka10

    If he had not won the Heisman, would this even be in the news?
    Let’s see if this is a one-time incident or if it’s a pattern. Then decide.

  • http://www.facebook.com/davedk.kelly Dave Dk Kelly

    All he needs now is the (C)rap video and the fall will be complete!!!!!!

  • Bob Papadazzio

    Bet you anything that if Sumlin does nothing about it no one else at A&M will either. Don’t forget, their AD is the same arsehole who used the “five strikes and you’re out” policy for Stephen Garcia when he was AD at South Carolina.